Monthly meeting and workshop


NOVEMBER 17, 2021 (Wednesday)

1:00 P.M. – 3:00 PM

NOVEMBER 23, 2021 (Tuesday)

9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M

Demo:  Barbara Berry - Pastels


“Studying and learning from everything I paint, I make art not only to celebrate things I love but for the sense of connection I have when what I’ve painted stirs a heart, prompts a memory or inspires one to appreciate the beauty around us”

After having had a career as a classical singer/soloist in Germany, Barbara returned to America and began to study art.  Spending the first half of her life devoted to the art of song she is now immersed in her passion to paint.

She now resides and paints in a bucolic rural area in PA. Barbara is a signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, The Pastel Society of America, The Pastel Society of the West Coast, the Philadelphia Pastel Society and the International Association of Pastel Societies.  She has received awards at local and national juried competitions and art shows.  Barbara teaches pastel painting in association with the Painter’s Alliance.

For more information about Barbara, visit her website:

Demonstration Description, Pastel and the clothed figure: 

Barbara will demonstrate a fun and loose underpainting method for pastel clothed figure painting using Cretacolor Aqua Brique (water soluble color blocks).  Barbara’s daughter will be posing for this demonstration.

Workshop Description:

Barbara will demonstrate the step-by-step process of painting a portrait/figure in soft pastel over a water soluble Cretacolor Aqua Brique underpainting on Lux archival sanded pastel paper.  Participants will be working from their own reference photos. 

Material List:


Reference photos

Soft pastels including at least a cool and warm choice of neutral gray, brown, red, orange, pink, blue, yellow, purple and green. I use Terry Ludwig, Unison, Sennelier and Diane Townsend pastels

Cretacolor Aqua Briques set, available from Dick Blick

Container for water

Sanded pastel paper that accepts water – Uart or Lux Archival

Sturdy support to clip or tape your sanded paper

Click here for materials list (MS Word document)
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